The “O” Antiphons

Dating from at least the 8th Century, the “O,” or “Great,” Antiphons were used with the Magnificat at Evening Prayer on the seven days prior to Christmas. (They also form the basis for the hymn “O Come, O Come Emmanuel.”) Since I missed the first one yesterday, here are the first two:

O Wisdom, proceeding from the mouth of the Most High, pervading and permeating all creation, mightily and sweetly ordering all things: Come and teach us the way of understanding.

O Adonai, and Ruler of the House of Israel, who appeared to Moses in the burning bush and gave him the Law on Sinai: Come and with an outstretched arm redeem us.

Timotheos

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